Abingdon Artists
Abingdon Artists
Supporting creativity in the community



Do you know that there is exhibition space in the community café at 35 Ock Street? The fitting kit is provided and help will be given to put up pictures. If artists wish to share a display period or a display that’s fine. Periods can be arranged and dates will need to be agreed to fit in with people’s schedules.

Vouchers are provided to the Artist or group to distribute to friends that entitle the visitor to a complimentary tea, coffee, juice or can of pop. You are most welcome to go and see the exhibition space.

This could be a really nice opportunity to take your work to a wider audience. If you are interested please contact Rodney Pollock, rodney.pollock@zen.co.uk or leave him a message at 35 Ock Street.


A regular painting group is held on most Tuesdays of the year (except August)  from 2.00pm – 4.00 pm, in Christchurch Hall, Northcourt Road, Abingdon.  

Advice is always available. It is open both to members and non-members. although obviously if you become a regular, we would prefer you to join us as a member. 

You can bring your own project to work on and can draw or paint anything you like. Occasionally a Still Life is  set up for artists who would like one.

It costs £3 per afternoon, to cover the hire of the hall, payable in cash on the day you attend. Another 30p will provide you with a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit.

You need to bring all your own materials  - and an easel if you prefer that to the tables provided.

The group has grown in popularity and around 20 people attend on a regular basis.  It is a very sociable way to paint with other artists, and it is much enjoyed by those who do attend.  Do come!


Members of Abingdon Artists who like to sketch meet in the Abingdon Market Place outside M&Co at 10.00 am every other Friday for a two hour session. Sketching is done somewhere in the town, the location being decided on the day. Non-members are welcome. There is no cost for attending.

If the weather is inclement, then an interesting refuge is sought (and always found!) close to the Market Place.

This has become very popular with those that have never gone “en plein air” with their artistic endeavours before!

It is useful to check with other members which Friday is the QOD morning.  Alternatively the dates are shown under the News tab of this website.


Two Abingdon Artist members, Claire Cross and Lisa Turner, are offering various short courses at St Ethelwold’s, 30 East St Helen’s Street, Abingdon OX14 5EB.  For more information give Claire a call on 01235-527180,  email info@AbingdonArtSchool.com or access their website www.AbingdonArtSchool.com


At the Abingdon Museum from 7 July - 23 September 2018 Exploring Abingdon's Past: 50 years of AAAHS (Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society). This includes talks which take place from 21st to 29th July

At the Ashmolean from 23 March - 22 July 2018, America's Cool Modernism: O'Keefe to Hopper. This exhibition explores the 'cool' in American art in the early 20th century, from early experiments in abstraction by artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove and Paul Strand to the strict, clean precisionist paintings of Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth. Until 2 September 2018 there is an exhibition of the work of the Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi (b 1930), pioneer of African and Arab Modernism. This includes selected pottery from 2250 BC to AD 350, emphasizing ‘how the past is linked with the present’. It also includes recent Pain Relief Drawings – on envelopes and medicine packets.

At the Christchurch Picture Gallery    From 26 May until 29 October 2018, 'Five paintings and a taste for art at the court of Charles 1'. And from 29 June to 29th October 'Portrait of a building: 50 years of the Christchurch Picture Gallery'

At Modern Art Oxford  from 16 June  - 9 September 2018, 'A slice through the world. Contemporary Artists' Drawings', a group of artists that celebrates the sustained power of drawing in the digital age.

The Arts Society Abingdon There are several lectures of interest to artists in the new programme.  Forthcoming talks include: 20 June, Anne Anderson Mackintosh and the Glasgow Four. Tony Jackson will talk to us later in the year on the same topic. Do have a look at the list on their website and see if there is anything of interest to you.

Ashmolean Podcasts The Ashmolean has now launched a series of podcasts in which Oxford University academics from very different fields discuss objects from the Museum.  In each episode of ‘Thinking with Things:  The Oxford Collection Podcasts’ a prominent academic unpicks the story behind a single object from the collections that relates to their research. 


Look out for the following in local cinemas: Cezanne - Portraits of a Life from 23 January; Vincent van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing from 20 March, and I, Claude Monet from 22 May.  The Great Painting Challenge presented by Mariella Fostrup and Richard Coles returns to BBC1 on Sunday April 1st, commencing with the painting of Still Life. Great Art  ITV has just launched a new series introduced by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the RA: 10 May David Hockney at the Royal Academy was excellent and at the time of writing it is still available on the ITV Hub; 17 May  Van Gogh and 24 May  Hieronymus Bosch.  It seems that ITV are being a bit coy about the last two programmes in the series because it has not been possible to find anything on line!


Are you interested in Urban Sketching and if so do you know that there is a group that meets fortnightly in Oxford? Check them out on their Facebook Group - Urban Sketching Oxford if you would like to know more. Or contact Abingdon Artist member Dougie Simpson.